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Dry flaky skin can be unsightly, embarrassing and unpleasant

Do you suffer from dry flaky skin? If so you’re not alone, dry skin problems and flaky skin problems affect millions of people. Dry flaky skin can be irritating, it can be itchy and it can be unsightly. It can be inflamed, and can lead to other problems. So what causes flaky dry skin, and what can you do about it?

First it should be said that there are a range of causes of dry flaky skin, some medical, some environmental, some you can do something about and some you cannot. However there are also some general principles that are worth discussing.

Dry skin is generally the cause of flaky skin. As your skin dries out it can begin to shed parts of the top layer of skin, and this is what happens. So a big part of helping reduce skin flakiness is to tackle the dryness.

Dry skin can be caused by both medical conditions and medications, and the first thing to do if you are suffering from dry skin is to eliminate the likelihood that there is some underlying medical condition which is causing a problem. Usually this is not the case, however it is always worth visiting your doctor to find out. And if you’re on any form of medication ask your doctor whether the medication can cause dryness in your skin.dry flaky skin

There’s a range of environmental factors which can also cause excessive dryness. Anywhere where the environment has extremely dry air can be drying for the skin. For example if you work in a highly air-conditioned building this dries the air.

And other environmental factors can also dry the skin, for example being exposed to strong dry wind. Any area where you are exposed to low humidity can also do this.

Taking long extremely hot showers or baths can dry your skin.

Various products, and their use, can cause problems with skin dryness, and soaps are a good example. Overuse of various brands of soap can dry your skin. Bubble bath can.

And age can cause dryness and flakiness, older people often find that they begin to experience these problems later in life, yet did not do so when they were younger.

So if you’re experiencing dry flaky skin, not caused by medical conditions, what can you do about it? Here’s a few general principles.

1. Invest in some high quality skin care products that moisturise effectively. Your skin is dry because it does not have sufficient levels of oil. Your skin produces natural oils all by itself, and when these become depleted, or example by any of the methods mentioned above, it will become drier. So using high quality skin care products that moisturise your skin effectively will help reintroduce some of those oils.

There are some excellent natural skin care products available which, when used daily, will help reintroduce a better balance of skin oil, and will start to reverse the problem. There are some excellent natural ingredients which worked very effectively at restoring the balance of oil in the skin. Shea butter for example, a major ingredient in high quality skin care products, is very good at this.

2. Use high quality fish oil supplements daily. There is good evidence that a daily dose of fish oil is not only good for a wide range of health problems, but is extremely effective at helping maintain the levels of oils in your skin. Whilst it might not have occurred to you, taking fish oil supplements is one of the best things you can do for your skin. If this is the first time you’ve heard the suggestion then we strongly suggest you give it a try, whilst a little counterintuitive, you may well be amazed at the improvements you experience in your skin when you begin taking fish oil supplements.

3. If you’re working or living in a dry environment by a humidifier. A humidifier reverses the problem by reintroducing moisture into the atmosphere, and will help considerably.

4. Avoid long, extremely hot, baths and showers and find a soap that does not dry your skin. We personally love some wonderful handmade soaps that are available in our area and would only ever use those, however they are not commonly available elsewhere, and you will need to search out some high quality soaps. Avoid your common supermarket soaps.

5. If you are suffering from flaky skin exfoliate regularly along with the tips suggested above to reduce the level of skin dryness on the surface.

6. If you’re outdoors and it’s going to be hot and windy then protect your face and apply a moisturizer when you return.

If you’re suffering from flaky dry skin you may well find that these simple steps will reverse the problem, steps one and two alone will make a big difference to your skin.

And don’t forget, is important to consult your doctor. There may be an underlying medical condition that needs treating.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

Sever dry facial skin can actually be caused by the products designed to combat it.

Dry facial skin is a problem suffered by a surprising number of people. Some estimates are that over 30 million people in the US can be suffering from dry skin.

Severe dry skin problems can be extremely irritating as well as serious to your health. For instance if you have problems with skin cracking or bleeding then you should consult a doctor immediately as this can lead to the entry of infection.

Other problems caused by extremely dry skin can include rashes and itching and in some cases it can become painful.

And there are recognized skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, which can cause dry facial skin and which should be treated by a doctor or dermatologist.Dry Facial Skin

Women suffering from dry skin can spend large amounts of money on all sorts of skincare products such as facial scrubs or face masks or deep moisturizing treatments, unaware that in many cases the skin treatment can actually be the cause of the problem.

Yes you did hear us correctly there. Many skin care products and beauty products commonly in use today contain ingredients which can actually cause dry skin problems (though not all). This includes many moisturizers, cleansers and other facial creams commonly in use by millions of women in our country.

The skin of the face, like elsewhere, is very sensitive, and many personal and beauty products such as many mainstream cosmetics and skin care products, soaps, shampoos and more, contain ingredients which can contribute to extremely dry facial skin.

We’ll give you an example. There are oils in many of these products which are petrochemical-based. In other words they come from crude oil. Mineral oil is a good example of such an ingredient.

Have a look at some of the bottles of cosmetics and skin care products that you use now and see if you can find mineral oil listed on the label as an ingredient. (It can also be called paraffin oil or paraffin wax or petrolatum as well as some other names).

Baby oil is pure mineral oil.

If you search mineral oil at the Cosmetic Safety Database you will find that it is a skin irritant. And if you look at a Material Safety Data Sheet for mineral oil you will find that it is recommended that if you get mineral oil on your skin you should spend at least 15 minutes washing it off.

This is only one of the chemical and petrochemical ingredients commonly used in many big name cosmetics, skin care products and other personal products. Many other ingredients can cause skin problems such as dry facial skin as well as other health problems. These ingredients are used because they are extremely cheap. Mineral oil costs almost nothing. For more information on these ingredients read some more on our site.

The good news is that there are some outstanding natural moisturizers available. Natural fruits such as olives, macadamia nuts and more are all known to have oils with outstanding moisturizing properties which will not cause dry skin, will not clog the pores and which will moisturize very effectively.

High quality natural skin care products formulated with ingredients such as these are highly effective at combating dry facial skin, as well as oily skin, and utilize ingredients which are entirely safe and non-irritant.

There is one other point that we can make for anyone suffering from dry skin on the face. One of the single best things you can do for your skin is to increase your intake of  essential fatty acids by taking high quality fish oil supplements. Whilst there is much publicity about the benefits of Omega 3 essential fatty acids to our health it is also important to understand that increasing your intake of the Omega3 fats found in fish oil is extremely beneficial to your skin and helps combat dry skin as well.

So if you suffer from dry skin one of the first things you should do is to look at the cosmetics and skin care products that you use and determine whether it’s time for you to change to a brand of natural skin care products and natural cosmetics that don’t contain harmful ingredients.

You’ll be surprised at the difference it will make.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

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